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Can You Stop Truck Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers?

Posted on August 6, 2018

Some accidents can’t be avoided. But a recent trucking accident in Pennsylvania was a tragic example of one that could. A 56-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed by a truck driver who was watching a football game instead of the road, reported an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal. The victim’s sister, a passenger on the motorcycle, also was seriously injured.

This incident points to the growing and widespread problem of distracted driving. To increase safety and reduce the likelihood of human error, some trucking companies have turned to technology, according to an article in Commercial Carrier Journal. This includes video-based safety systems, cameras and sensors, vehicle and engine electronics, and systems of interrelated computing devices that transfer data.

Machines are able to “learn” by analyzing complex patterns for both safe and unsafe driving. They also are able to identify behavior that contributes to accidents, such as unsafe speeds or following distances given the road conditions, as well as signs of fatigue and distraction, noted the article. Drivers can receive real-time visual and audible warnings when these occur. New mobile applications, software and analytics are also being developed to assist in reinforcing safe driving.

While some trucking companies will adapt those technologies, many will not. If you know of someone who was the victim of an trucking accident where negligence or human error may be involved, consulting with an experienced attorney in trucking accidents is important. Contact us today.